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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5020M Principles of Transport Modelling

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Ronghui Liu

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to understand the role and purpose of the main types of transport models.
- become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each of a range of modelling techniques available
- be able to select an appropriate model for a given task.
- be able to use a basic modelling package to analyse a realistic 'real life' problem.


Overview of modelling within the general land-use/transport interaction, definition of terms and basic principles.

Introduction to the 4-stage modelling process:
- The first stage (generation): car ownership forecasting, category analysis, regression analysis and modelling trip ends.
- The second stage (trip distribution): estimating the trip matrix.
- The third stage (modal split): predicting mode use.
- The fourth stage (assignment): network assignment. Alternative models: time series, NRTF, choice of model and recent advances.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours124.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The students are expected to carry out a private study at 10 hours per credit of the module revising the material discussed in the lectures, preparing the coursework report, reading from reference books suggested and journal articles indicated if any. They will also need to practice numerical exercises from the lectures/references/exercises set if any.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of progress is carried out through weekly feedback in lectures and seminars, as well as detailed feedback on the coursework assignment due in at the end of term before the exam takes place.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportModelling exercise33.30
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)33.30

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 66.70
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)66.70

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/04/2019


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